Mexico 1871-Ho PR 8 escudos

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This specimen was lot 1272 in Stack's "Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico" sale (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $1,725. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Republic. 8 Escudos, 1871/8 Ho PR. Hermosillo. Hand inscribing law book with quill and Liberty Cap. Rv. Bold eagle facing r. with snake in beak. The overdate feature appears to be more an 8 than a 0, with most of the evidence at the top of the 1. Yellow-gold surfaces with a decent strike that shows minor softness on the breast as well as the periphery. Two minor rim bumps are noted on the reverse. Scarce. Extremely Fine to About Uncirculated." The Hermosillo mint struck eight escudos 1863-73; most of the dates are available in well circulated condition but nice specimens are scarce. The Hermosillo mint continued striking eight escudos after the other mints had ceased; the 1873-HO is the last ever issued of the denomination.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .875 fine gold, .760 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 383.8, Fr-73.


  • [1]Kraljevich, John, and Frank Van Valen, The Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico Collections, New York: Stack's, 2009.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Long, Richard A., Gold Coins of the Early Mexican Republic, 1823-1873, North Bend, OR: Wegferd Publications, 2004.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.

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